Manager Press Conference
3rd Youngest Barcelona coach!
Josep Maria Bartomeu
– Hello and welcome everybody. We are delighted today to announce our new head coach! This is a man new to the management side of this game, but we have full confidence in his abilities to showcase them and be a success in his time at the club.
It was the club’s responsibility to get a new manager in quickly to give them a full summer to work with the staff and players to understand each other so we can achieve our objectives in the new season.
Please welcome Borja Fornas into the Barcelona family
– Thanks everybody. This is a very special day for me and my family, I grew up watching and supporting this team with my father, so it means so much for me to get the opportunity.
I wasn’t searching for a job as I was planning to have a bit of time off before looking at what I could do next after the fantastic season with Zaragoza last season. But, as soon as I got the call I snapped at the opportunity. I seriously believe in my own abilities to win here, which is important for a club like this. Our objectives are to win everything, they have to be. I want the team to enjoy playing and give the fans a spectacle because this is a sport that gives people joy, and I promise we will do everything possible for that to be the case.
- I would like to welcome Borja here. We have already had quite a few conversations and it's clear the passion he has for this club and the game and we are very excited that you chose us, so thank you.
– This is an unexpected appointment; did you originally plan on bringing someone in with more experience?
– We were always hoping for Quique to stay for at least another season, but he gave us his reasons for leaving and we accepted them. The main thing for us was making a quick decision but also the right one. Of course there are many people who want this, but we believe in who has been chosen.
Thanks for the question.
– Was Xavi not considered to take over like many expected?
– We know Xavi has ambitions to manage this club one day, but it wasn’t the right time.
– Will you be seeking re-election next summer?
– I don’t think that is important in this moment, the season has just begun and I am here now so that’s all that matters. There will be a time for me to confirm my decision, but thank you.
Ajax, A.C. Milan and Holland Legend Marco Van Basten appointed as Assistant Manager!